I have recently come into contact with two business coaches (so called QSR consultants) who are quite well known in their market and seem to have profitable businesses with a reasonable client base.
Now let’s get one thing straight. I do not have a lot of respect for the current crop of business coaches. In my recent memory I have worked for corporations that rightly or wrongly put a lot of time, effort and money into motivational speakers and business consultants to assist them and their franchisees to grow their business, save on costs and look at the long term viability of their business.
After listening to both of these coaches talk on a range of subjects I suddenly realized that everything they said, all the tips and tricks they used, were things that most of the franchisees present already knew. Likely they had even tried these things in some form many times during their careers in the food industry. Sure they had the gift of the gab and colourful presentations that were backed up by lots of pie graphs and interesting anecdotes but… none of it was their own.
All of the information and anecdotes are easily found online or by listening to other business gurus. Now there is nothing wrong with that, I do it myself. It is impossible to gain the information and How To Get Into Consulting Reddit insights needed to understand a business as complicated as ours without seeking outside help. I have been in the franchise restaurant business for 30 years and still learn something new every day.
What riles me is that these business coaches pass this stuff off as their own. A new revelation, a new way of thinking about your business. Crap! The best they can claim is that they have taken the ideas that have been around since Buddha was a boy and have repackaged it to appeal to the current crop of QSR franchisors and franchisees. It appeals especially to the corporate creatures that love buzz words and have almost developed their own language to discuss the business. You know the type.
Both of these business coaches had similar backgrounds. They started off as speakers in their local church and no, they do not know each other. They have never met and live in different countries. Only one of them had limited experience as a single store franchisee for a medium sizes concept. Both see themselves as business coaches and motivational speakers. My guess is that they both wanted to use their speaking experience to build a business and good for them.
Not good enough!!
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